In Photos: Luxor Museum celebrates its 46th anniversary with 12-month antiquities exhibition

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 12 Dec 2021

To celebrate the 46th anniversary of the inauguration of the Luxor Museum on Sunday, a temporary antiquities exhibition will be on display tonight and will last for 12 months.

 Luxor Museum

The exhibition will display a collection of 155 artefacts unearthed by a Spanish archaeological mission at the tomb of an 18th Dynasty vizier, Amenhotep Huwi.

Alaa El-Menshawi, the director of the museum, explains that among the most important artefacts is a limestone stela with a religious scene engraved on it, a lid of a clay vessel that was probably used in the Heb Sed ceremony for King Amenhotep III, a limestone ostracon that was used in hand paintings decorated with a man holding tools of harvest.

A collection of ushabti figurines (small statues), amulets, and scarabs are also on display at the exhibition.

The museum is considered one of the most beautiful regional museums in Egypt. It is located on Luxor’s west bank, overlooking the magical Nile River.

It was officially inaugurated on 12 December 1975, and the Cachette Hall was added in 1991, which displays what was unearthed in Luxor Temple in 1989, followed by the Glory of Thebes Hall in 2004.

The museum includes a collection of 6,000 artefacts, 3,000 of which are exhibited across its five exhibition halls, documenting the history of Egyptian art since ancient Egyptian times to Islamic times.

Among the most important objects in the museum are a very distinguished statue of king Amenhotep III with the deity Sobek, a quartzite statue of king Amenhotep III standing, a stela of king Kamose, and the mummy of king Ahmose I — who expelled the Hyksos out of the country.

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